Saturday, December 15, 2012
Apparently, This is REVENGEANCE'S NA Box Art
That is what Joystiq has told me today and that's...that's pretty cool. Box art has been kind of a thing lately, what with the Bioshock Infinite situation and such, so I guess it makes sense to make something of a deal about it for a little while until things sort of taper off and we all go back to not really caring one way or another. More so than just about any other game I can think of, however, REVENGEANCE'S cover will probably be the one that'll cause the last few ripples if only because it is the cover art for the game that I figure will still end up being even more polarizing than your normal Metal Gear game for the simple fact that REVENGEANCE is not your normal Metal Gear game. I will never get tired of people who complain about things never changing, everything's a sequel, blah blah, and when something different happens, the same people whine because someone is 'ruining' a franchise by doing something different. It is the height of silliness, to be sure.
That's pretty much where we're at with REVENGEANCE (no, I am not going to not cap it because it is that awesome) and I don't see that changing....well, ever. That's kind of a good thing, though, I guess? If nothing else, it'll keep people talking about it since, if there's something the game will need, it'll be exposure and word of mouth. Metal Gear Rising won't have the full audience that a Metal Gear Solid title can expect because some of that audience is part of the group all in a huff because it's so different and is ruining the sanctity of the entire franchise and blah blah blah. To top that, the group that will latch on to this game simply because it's from Platinum Games probably won't be enough to bring it back up to how popular it could be -expected- to be. So really, the box art here is a lot more important than one might assume from just not really paying a lot of attention to box art. I know I certainly don't unless I just see something that -really- pops and that's not really a concern lately.
I'm trying to be objective about the cover and I just can't tell if I am succeeding or not, because I just think it's really damn cool looking and I am also fighting off a little sinus trouble or a cold that has my mind all muddled. It conveys the message that had been broadcast loud and clear since the name "REVENGEANCE" got put at the end - this is an action game about cutting shit. Like, a lot of it. In awesome ways. Like a goddamn Ninja. Which, coincidentally, Raiden -is-. I mean, I know that I am biased, which is why I can't say for sure that it's a -good- cover, but I know that I like it and despite being the target audience anyway, I would probably pick this up off a shelf if I saw it and knew nothing of the game. Hopefully that happens, because I want this game to succeed. It's one of the handful of games I'm already hyped for next year and that's only going to grow and grow as it draws nearer and nearer. And as I wonder if I'll still be able to switch my pre-order to the Limited Edition with the lamp. Because goddamnit, I am making money and I am allowed to be a whore. So whoring it is!
Wait, shit, that didn't come out right.